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New confined space drone from Flyability

Lausanne, SWITZERLAND – Flyability, the Swiss maker of confined space drone technology has released the Elios 3, the third offering in the company’s Elios range of drones. We know we…

Cultivating trust in autonomous drone systems

It is a question that has kept many an aviation regulator all over the world awake at night. How to keep the lower skies safe in the face of an…

DJI drops the Mini 3 Pro

Today is DJI Mini 3 Pro Day. The world’s biggest drone maker DJI has just announced the release of its much-anticipated drone in the smallest range – the DJI Mini…

IAP: Changing precision agriculture through drone technology in Nigeria

One of the biggest reasons why drone technology has been quick to take root in Africa has been the maximum and quick gains garnered at a fraction of the cost…

Construction drones: next level roof analysis

After three long days of flashing smiles, mixing handshakes and pandemic-friendly elbow bumps, and talking about their vision for the future of roofing, John Kiesel and Ryan Resides could finally…

Adding drone precision to rice farming

The experts from agricultural drone manufacturer, XAG have shared the below use case, where their drones are helping rice farming efforts in Vietnam. Dong Thap, VIETNAM – As the monsoon…

Drone applications in agriculture

From senseFly Drones are fast becoming a crucial tool in agriculture, but how do you know if they are the right choice for your business? Olivia Soares de Camargo, Customer…

Top industries for drone applications revealed

So; which industries have taken drone technology like a duck to water? Many might be tempted to ask this question, as if the answer were completely straightforward. However, defining the…

Step-by-step: The growing importance of medical drones

We all know what medical drones have done to communities in Africa that badly needed medical supplies to be delivered in time to save lives in locations that are usually…

The journey so far: drone technology in Africa

Now and again, somebody comes up with a comprehensive accounting of the journey travelled by the drone industry in Africa so far, where it is now; and where it is…

Investing in drones on the stock market

Thinking of investing in drone technology? Should be a bummer for you then, that you cannot buy shares for DJI at any stock exchange whatsoever. But there are drone companies…

Insurance and the drone industry

We all love drones, for all the interminable reasons they have made the work load bearable in various industrial and humanitarian operations. You can literally pick any story on this…

DJI’s M30: The baby that Matrice and Mavic made

It was all about the payload when DJI finally unveiled its new flagship unmanned aerial vehicle for enterprise users yesterday. As earlier rumoured, the new DJI Matrice30 drone is like…

Bringing margnalised communities into the 21st Century

A youth organisation in Cape Town, South Africa is opening up possibilities for young people in the Cape Flats area in the city by introducing them to the world of…

Inside India’s dream for a wholly local drone ecosystem

The Indian government recently went ahead with a ban for all commercial drone imports, instead hoping the local industry would be enough for all drone-based needs for the local market….

Drones and wildlife conservation

This is a brilliant article about drone the enormous work drones are doing in wildlife conservation. It was written by Kathryn Hulick and first appeared in Science News for Students….

Drone technology and energy infrastructure

The use of drones for energy infrastructures is and will continue to be the leading market for drone technology throughout the world. This is due to both the societal importance…

The world of passenger drones

Passenger drone manufacturers are promising to give us personal air transport without the need for a pilot. It almost feels like the flying cars we’ve all wished for at one…

Protecting your airspace from trespassing drones

Following reports that a political leader in South Africa has opened a police case after he spied a drone suspiciously making rounds around his home, and the pleas from the…

New player enters the medical drone game

Mirko Cesena can personally testify that he has had fun flying racing drones in championship drone racing all over the world, and indeed he had with small manned aircraft too….

Drones and fire-fighting efforts

Yesterday, we had an account of how drone technology can be valuable in heavy rain and flooding situations; their most recent helping hand coming in the aftermath of the cyclones…

In his own words: Drone start-up in the eye of Cyclone Ana

We have previously covered Dumisani Kaliati here as one of the many success stories from the African Drone and Data Academy in Malawi. And we also covered him in a…

Investment in drone industry continues to grow

We are worried; and we believe it is for a good reason. Maybe worried a strong word at this point in time, but we are certainly concerned. As you will…

Integrating drone technology into busy airspaces

We all know how hard it is to predict what a human mind get do; and we are looking at the people who abuse drones for criminal and nuisance purposes…

Grounding errant drones

We have been covering too many articles about drone abusers of late; and we feel it is only natural to remind people out there that there is technology that is…

A guide to Point Clouds in drone surveying

We love the below guide from Heliguy for survey professionals, which we believe survey professionals will find really useful when choosing a drone and data capturing implements during survey operations….

2021 – The year of managing expectations?

Below is the voice of the experts at Drone Industry Insights taking stock of what the year 2021 brought for the drone industry. What did the news reveal about the…

Drone solutions for precision agriculture

When it comes to feeding the world’s ever-growing population, farmers deserve all the help they can get. To get the best out of every inch of farmland, modern farmers are…

Drones and firefighting operations

In the aftermath of the fire that gutted part of the library at the University of Cape Town last May, drones flew in to assess the damage. The data captured…

Drone technology in the classroom

From Scott Buell, Founder and CEO, Drone Legends Every time something new, innovative or high-tech comes into the picture, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community gets excited. Because…

Crowd-droning and the fight against malaria in Malawi

Malaria has been a deadly scourge of a disease, especially to citizens of low-income countries. Transmitted through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, malaria was responsible for the deaths…

Canada: Enforcing the law from above

Toronto Police’s drone programme taking policing to new levels Imagine growing up in the Roaring 20s — a time when automobiles had recently replaced horse-drawn carriages and families gathered around…

Fighting Yellow Fever in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government joined hands with non-profit organisation VillageReach in 2020 to launch the Drones for Health Programme, in which drone technology would be used to…

Drone technology in 2021

On its outlook, 2021 was a year which we hoped that one thing that had dragged our lives back in 2020 would finally be on its way to hell.  …

Drone Technology and Tactical De-escalation

Lt. Will Huddler is an 18-year law enforcement veteran at a large metropolitan police agency in the southwest United States. He has led the investigations of over 30 officer-involved shootings…

Counter-drone operations

At the Security Drone Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa recently, Sam Husseini, Regional Sales Director for Middle East, Africa, and Turkey at airspace security company Dedrone gave a comprehensive…

Latest DJI ban escalates data security war between China and USA

Another year ending – and DJI has been added to yet another list by the federal USA government, looking to clip one more rotor on the world’s biggest drone maker’s…

Parrot’s ANAFI Ai drone now available for pre-order

French-based drone company Parrot, the leading European manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems has announced that its new drone, the ANAFI Ai is now available for pre-order, ahead of its release…

About those Bee Vee LOS flights…

When starting out using drones for your business, it’s important to know their capabilities — and limits. Sometimes, limitations are not technological, but legal. Operating drones Beyond Visual Line of…

Mapping and surveying complex environments

Latvian drone and drone software company FIXAR has been out testing its flagship outdoor drone, the FIXAR 007 on a number of use cases in land surveying and mapping. The…

LiDAR, drone technology and the industrial revolution

Machines are performing more and higher-level functions with each passing year, and with greater autonomy. But autonomous or not, for many of these machines to operate effectively and safely, they…

Protecting drone technology from bad people

We all understand that technology usually comes in to make tasks generally easier for humans and plug the gaps that handicapped them from achieving human, economic and social progress before…

The DJI Mavic 3 is here…

Sadly, we have not yet laid our hands on the new DJI Mavic 3 to make independent reviews yet, so for this one, we will rely on the testimony of…

Drone technology and the route to sustainable supply chains

The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening climate change have strained supply chains past their breaking point, and the challenge of resiliency and access to life-critical goods is more…

Drone technology and fly-on cover cropping

This one is for all you innovative farmers out there looking to try out new ways to conserve their farm lands. It is a testimony by Ohio, USA farmers who…

Getting smarter: the growth of Artificial Intelligence in drone technology

The article below offers some really great insights about how drone technology is growing to be a really smart and game changing technology whose continued development is set to change…

Volansi working on niche drone delivery market as race scales up

American cargo drone maker Volansi are the only company in Africa whose drone delivery service does not involve medical supplies. Their work in Senegal, where they acquired an operating certificate…

Israel prepares its skies for commercial drone boom

Airforce veterans in drone powerhouse Israel are translating their know-how to the delivery of sushi and ice-cream, as companies tap their expertise to avoid collisions in increasingly crowded skies. On…

The importance of security drones for businesses

Yesterday, we chronicled the journey in the young life of a young American start-up who – in three short years – has changed the game for tactical response to dangerous…

The hidden costs of instant deliveries

It is just a fact of our lives today that instant gratification drives how we consume almost everything. We want our news delivered now; the food we have ordered to…

Tips for using Search and Rescue drones

Of course, they are from DJI; the company makes some of the best Search and Rescue drones there are in the world. They have shared with us some pointers on…

Unitrans Africa adds to its drone fleet

Multinational company UNITRANS are stepping up their precision agriculture game in Africa by purchasing a fleet of the biggest sprayer drones that DJI has to offer. The new fleet of…

FIXAR’s multi-purpose drone and its service to agriculture

A few days ago, we reported that Latvian drone company, FIXAR had developed a black box technology for its multi-purpose outdoor drone, which would will vastly improve traceability and accountability…

Ravens declare war on drones in Australia

With all these developments about the drone industry working with other stakeholders to safely integrate drone technology in the busy airspaces of world cities, one would think all the relevant…

Turning the wheels of innovation; the VillageReach way

The VillageReach president, Emily Bancroft is right – it might be sound like a tired cliché, but necessity really is the mother of all invention. Ms Bancroft feels it is…

IAS and the growth of drone technology in agriculture

We are sure most of you will remember the recent coverage we did of Cape Town-based drone services company, Integrated Aerial Systems (IAS) being named among the 50 winners of…

5G networks and the future of drone technology

If you think drone technology is indispensable for some industries today, just wait until it is fitted with the superpowers of 5G network technology. In words of simple syllable, it…

Opportunities for cargo drones in middle-distance logistics

It has been a while since the world first learned about Volocopter’s Volodrone; a mid-range cargo and agricultural drone was supposed to the game changer in middle distance cargo logistics….

Drones as first responders? They work

Remember the story we covered last year about Canadian drone company, Drone Delivery Canada announcing that it had made successful trials to use drone technology as a first responder in…

Drone technology and the construction industry

For some, the construction industry is a notoriously slow adopter of technology. In recent time, the most exciting technological development to disrupt the industry may have been 3D printing only;…

Drone technology in agriculture, construction and environmental conservation

Gleaned from Commercial UAV News, this article was written by AgEagle CEO, Brandon Torres Declet, who looks at the prospects of drone technology in three industries – agriculture, infrastructure and…

Qualcomm avails flight platform to make your drone as smart as the Ingenuity Mars helicopter

This one goes out to all the smart people in Africa who are leading the race to make the first perfect drone made in Africa. We know we already have…

The case for mining drones

Drones in mining operations are used for a varied range of applications: from exploration, surveying and mapping to maintaining safety and enhancing security. Different unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are equipped…

European delivery drone sector stumbles

as Amazon, DHL, close operations Callum Holland – a fifteen-year veteran of unmanned aviation technology and head of Flight Operations at Thales UK – did warn us not long ago…

Security drones and job security

Security drones have been good to humans. Well… most of them anyway. They have saved lives. They have saved people from dangerous situations. They have implored people to be careful…

Swoop Aero releases the Kite

The question of whether it is a plane or a bird has been answered. It is a kite. No; really. We are serious. Or rather, Swoop Aero are serious; because…

De-mining drones gaining more traction

Twice now, we have written about how drone technology has been deployed to clean up in two African countries looking to erase the tragic remnants of civil war. We have…

The journey so far – cargo drones in Africa

…according to Denise Soesilo One of the founders of Outsight International – a consulting and project management company for the humanitarian and development sector – Denise Soesilo is a world-renowned…

The future of delivery drones

Spoiler alert… it is bright. The World Economic Forum has clearly warmed up to the arrival of drone technology as an economic force on the world stage. Now the world…

Cultivating community trust in humanitarian drones

Humanitarian drones have been the most common way of introducing drone technology in most communities in the Global South. The drones have been mostly used for purposes like disaster response…

Spotlight on DeltaScan

While industry players are having a hard time haggling with aviation authorities safely integrate drone operations into urban skylines, the situation is quite different when your company flies its drones…

Making technology work in the security industry

Security of persons. Security of property It was the hottest topic at the Drones and Unmanned Aviation Conference this year. And of course, it had to be. As Kim James…

Drone companies and the quest for medical delivery in Africa

It was just the thing you would have loved to see on a lukewarm Johannesburg mid-morning whose tepid sunshine you were likely never going to feel, because you were going…

Four days until #DUACon2021

It is looks set to be a really important week for the drone community in Southern Africa, with the Drones and Unmanned Aviation Conference (dubbed the DUA Con) just four…

Drone, robotics technology and the African child

The continent of Africa might have missed out on many development opportunities over the course of history, due to various reasons beyond its people’s control – slavery and colonisation being…

Drones stepping in to fill the transport gap in Africa

By Aiga Stokenberga; Economist, Transport Global Practice; World Bank Group; and Maria Catalina Ochoa; Senior Urban Transport Specialist at the World Bank Group Transport and logistics links in Africa remain…

Drone technology and the law in Rwanda, Tanzania

The following article, which first appeared on ICT Works, analyses the trajectories of drone technology development in Tanzania and Rwanda – two of East Africa’s leading countries when it comes…

The eruption at Mt Nyiragongo

About twelve kilometres away from Goma – the capital of Northern Kivu Province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – lies an unpredictable neighbour. A mountain with a penchant…

About drone-in-a-box and other commercial drone applications

Two hundred and thirty-seven. That is the number of applications drone technology can do for humans now, as found out by research company Drone Industry Insights recently. “Remember when the…

Drone technology and the law in Africa

In the article below, first published by Drone Life, Kim James, the Director of UAV Aerial Works, and drone law experts share their experiences with the legal side of the…

Drones in the medical sector

There is no need to waste your time explaining the below article from American consulting firm, Pukka Partners. It is a great summary of of the state of the medical…

Cape Town fire aftermath: drones fly in to assess the damage

The Cape Town resident watched helplessly as the fire swooped on his home, turning everything in its path into ash and cinder. The fire had raged all day, engulfing South…

Lessons learned from medical drone logistics in Africa

Tip of the hat of the hat to the Inter Drone Podcast for scoring this video with Harrison Wolf, one of the world’s top voices on medical drone logistics. An…

Partnership deal to transform African agriculture

Drone technology has been identified as one of the important modern digital implements that can be used by young Africans and women to improve food security on the continent. This…

TerraCam drones to the world

Most folks in South Africa woke up to the reality of drone technology around 2015, when its applications to various commercial ventures were beginning to attract regulatory attention. But for…

Fighting malaria in Africa

Some grim statistics to commemorate this year’s April 25. It is World Malaria Day last Sunday; and Africa has not covered itself in glory when it comes to fighting the…

Wingcopter unveils new delivery drone

Wingcopter has unveiled a new bird today. It is called the Wingcopter 198, a successor to the Wingcopter 178, which was released two years ago. Not that there is anything…

Youth drive to promote drone technology in Africa

The article below follows the story of young drone entrepreneurs who are part of the AfricanDRONE Youth Scholar, a World Bank-support programme that promotes the use of drones on the…

VillageReach looks back on a tough year

2020 marked the 20th year in which VillageReach has been operating in Africa – and it was by far the toughest they ever faced. The non-profit organisation – launched in…

Drones and utility infrastructure inspections

One area in which drone technology has proved its usefulness since it arrived on the scene has been in the way it has made some jobs safer for humans, who…

Calling on you, drone family…

Morning all. A bit of a heavy one to start today. We have a dream for the story of the drone in Africa. Not the war drone, no. Africa has…

Blazing the drone trail with Suzanne von Rauenstein

Suzanne von Rauenstein used to fly helicopters. She still does to be honest. But these days most of her time is spent behind the controls of a drone, as she…

What happened to the drone industry during the pandemic?

It is now official – the year 2020 was terrible for humans. It was great for drone business. With the benefit of hindsight, we know we would have done a…

Women and Drones Fireside Chat with Kim James

If you do not know what Women and Drones Africa Chapter’s Fireside Chats are about; they are the weekly orgy of female drone professionals and enthusiasts of drone technology on…

The focus is on the camera: DJI’s Air 2S is here

Seeing as we have not laid our hands on the new DJI Air 2S yet (your fault DJI), we will have to take DJI’s words on it for now. Which…

SA wildlife conservation trust hits ground running following RPAS certification

Organisation to use drones to drop flappers on power cables in bid to save birds Three years. That is what it took for the Endangered Wildlife Trust to obtain their…

Drone Diva Desi to address the Drones Conference

The 2021 edition of the Drones and Unmanned Aviation Conference – set for June 24 and 25 in Johannesburg, South Africa – is pulling out all the stops to ensure…

Drones and the construction world

When thinking about tech-forward industries, construction is likely not the first sector to come to mind. The industry has been notorious for its historically pedestrian uptake of modern technology, remaining…

ADDA alumni blazing own path in Malawi

At the Africa Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) – the first and to date the only school in Africa dedicated to teaching African youth about drone technology – they do…

Trailbazing Women: Virginie Uwimana, Namibia Flying Labs

This week on Trailblazing Women, Women and Drones Africa Chapter’s weekly interaction with African female drone industry players, Louise chats with Virginie Uwimana, founder of Namibian drone services company Kanie…

Kim’s take on security drones in 2021

Reproduced below is the ‘Drone Chick’ Kim James’ take on drone technology in the security industry in South Africa. You know those kind of drones – the ones that keep…

Deloitte’s steps to scaling sustainable drone delivery operations in Africa

It seems like there is trouble in paradise for most drone delivery projects in Africa. Not for Zipline though. Zipline’s operations in Rwanda, Ghana and lately, Nigeria, are fine; and…

Zimbabwean agric drone start-up happy to be flying over fields again

The last time they were out, the maize crop in Zimbabwe was just a green shoot feeling the sun’s warmth for the first time and barely a few centimetres above…

Drones surveying damage to the West African coastline

None of the drones being used to map out the scale of land degradation on the west African coastline have yet to endure the drowning ordeal this legend had to…

Drones and their place in dangerous working environments

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation into an accident where a Squirrel helicopter struck a powerline pole and crushed to the ground, killing the pilot in the process –…

FPV drone flies over boiling Iceland volcano

A volcano that has been sleeping peacefully for the last 800 has blown its crater in Iceland – and a drone was there to capture some incredible video footage of…

In conversation with Sonet Kock

Sonet Kock knows the law. Especially as it applies to drone technology in South Africa. Bottom line; you wanna listen to Sonet talking drones. The founder of AviComply, a consulting…

Uganda Flying Labs try hand on livestock management using drones

Remember those good old days of our fledgling boyhood lives in rural Africa? Days filled with youthful exuberance innocence, which we spent flapping like fish in the natural pools, formed…

The case for medical drones in Africa

Morning folks. Today our attention has been drawn to a report from Zimbabwe, in Southern Africa where NewZWire reports that the government has so far failed to scratch the surface…

Right up the alley

We do not have much to say; but if you have no idea what they mean when they talk about regular drone footage and that of FPV drones, we have…

USA team awarded for safely delivering an organ by drone

A research team at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in the USA has been rewarded for trusting a drone to deliver an organ for a patient who had…

Analysing the data team behind life-saving drone flights

Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of fast-growing drone logistics company, Zipline could not have said it better: “All our customers really care about is whether something goes from point A to…

Women and the drone world

The drone business might have started as just a hobby for most men, but for many women, the journey has not always been that rosy. Yet, full with the knowledge…

The women of Flying Labs on International Women’s Day

For the past six years, humanitarian robotics non-profit organisation WeRobotics has been working really hard to empower local drone start-ups with the right tools for them satisfy all contracts, local…

DJI has not caught a cold in the USA yet – but for how long?

We all loved Romeo Durscher as the face of public safety drones during his time at DJI. Then – terrified of losing such an influential voice at time when the…

Lonely at the top: women and drone technology in Zimbabwe

When drone technology gained cult popularity with a small racing community in Harare, Zimbabwe around 2016, Diana Banda was of the pioneer drone racers to don the goggles and get…

Introducing the DJI FPV

Do you remember those alien fighter jets in the movie Independence Day? The new DJI FPV (first person view) drone looks like a miniature version of that. Not that it’s…

World trade body urges Africa to stay abreast with new technology

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has warned against the potential of emerging technologies creating a greater digital divide, alienating lower income countries – especially those in…

Reality check: Unmanned Air Mobility and the challenging road ahead

We do not think any professional in the delivery drone space was under any illusions about the amount of work that needs to be done until drones can be fully…

Show me your drone: In conversation with ADDA’s first graduate

We are sure there will come a time when the African Drone and Data Academy in Malawi will be the Harvard of Drone training in Africa, and people will walk…

Trouble in EHang paradise

Chinese drone maker fends off fraud allegations You could say something had to go wrong for the EHang fairy tale. The Chinese passenger drone manufacturing company had everything going for…

Women blazing the GIS industry with drone technology

Perhaps it was a good thing that Women and drones decided it was time they stretched their reach to other parts of the world outside the organisation’s home base in…

Update: NASA’s Perseverance makes safe touchdown on Mars

203 days ago, on July 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Florida, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) largest and most advanced rover yet – the Perseverance…

UAV set for historic Mars landing

We know this might have nothing to do with Africa but (in Spider Man’s voice, just after he was snapped back to life and reunites with Mr Stark for the…

High time the African Union gave drone technology the real chance it deserves

We have a bone to chew with the African Union. Five years after the then AU Commission chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma appointed a panel of really smart people (they…

Drone helps save hiker on Table Mountain, Cape Town

It is February 15 today; exactly two months to the day the Western Cape Government Health’s Emergency Medical Services’ Drone Rescue Project were finally granted a Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems…

The 2021 drone horoscope: Africa edition

We all know what the year 2020 was like to all of humanity. We were all happy and looking forward to the start of another year – then just like…

Women and Drones Trailbazers chat: Zethu Gumede

From KwaZulu Natal with love. It is Zethu Gumede in the spotlight this week, in the latest instalment of Trailblazing Women on Women and Drones . A native of Kwazulu…

Drones lead landslide rescue efforts in biggest drone operation in Europe

Around 4AM in Norway on the 30th of December last year, a hillside gave way in the village of Ask in the Gjerdrum region in eastern Norway, about 30 kilometres…

Leading African drone professionals in conversation

They do not waste time, do they? Just a few days ago, Women and Drones announced the launch of its first international chapter in Africa; and today, the Women and…

Drones, 5G and smart cities

With drone technology making nothing of a necessarily miraculous rise in the past year, largely thanks to the need to feel the gap left by the imposition of lockdown restrictions…

The 2021 drone regulations landscape

Ever since drone technology started making solid inroads into the mainstream commercial and industrial operations, the laws governing them have been correspondingly revolving. In some parts, the regulatory changes have…

The case for BVLOS drone deliveries

In the below article, Elsight Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Roee Kashee presents the case for governments worldwide to allow beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries. Kashee argues…

Scared to enter the sewer? Roll in the caged drone!

Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability surely knows a thing or two about drones in hostile environments. From their inaugural GimBall – which rolled away from the 2015 Drones for Good in…

Niger’s Kountche has big plans for West African drone community

It is not every day that you find a former president’s grandchild staying in the national headlines for reasons that have nothing to do with politics and scandal; for most,…

On our way: Zipline’s quest to be the medical drone logistics company of choice

Anybody remember Bata? Of course, we are kidding. Who would claim not to know Bata, the shoe making company that – growing up – achieved the unique feat of convincing…

The 2021 drone horoscope

Kevin Sartori, co-founder of drone software company, Auterion has his, as well as world leading drone professionals’, outlook for the drone industry in the new year. By building an open-source…

Drones in 2020

2020 It has been a bit challenging as a year, hasn’t it? What with the global pandemic that sneaked upon humanity and set all its plans for the year awry….

Top humanitarian drone expert leaves DJI

It does feel like a death in the family; and it is in a way. Romeo Durscher – on of the most prominent evangelists for humanitarian drones in the world…

500 lives rescued – and still counting

It is a real shame that almost five years since drone technology started making inroads into the African continent, their success stories in official government and other public sector circles…

What should Africa do to win the Game of Drones?

The just ended Drones and Unmanned Aviation Conference 2021 had experts covering various issues that included the legislative and regulatory situation in Africa and in general and South Africa in…

Up and running… again

This will be a very, very, very quick and short one for you guys. We are delighted that the online magazine is up and running again, after almost a month…

Drones and climate change

When Dania Montenegro stepped out of the boat onto Gardi Sugdub, a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Panama last fall, it was hurricane season. She walked through ankle-deep…

Flying Labs Network turns five

Nine thousand dead. 22,000 injured. Thousands and thousands of homes reduced to rubble; and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless. That’s was Nepal on April 25, 2015. It was…

UNDP’s tribute to African innovation in fighting COVID-19

Two drone technology enterprises have made the grade among 48 other ventures by young Africans whose innovative works to combat the COVID-19 scourge has been recognised in a special magazine…

Government role in growth of drone technology

Written by Joe Mariani, Research Manager, Centre for Government Insights at Deloitte; and Peter Liu, Managing Director, Deloitte Today’s drone technology owes its lineage to work at the Defense Advanced Research…

The eye in the sky

Drones have changed how we see the world. Even more profoundly, drones have transformed how we experience the world – how we decide the events that matter and create our…

DJI’s Schulman: Time for drone industry to come together

There is a Zimbabwean adage which goes, one man’s troubles will not stop another from eating. DJI has come to realise the truth of this saying of late, as they…

Drones for sustainable development in the Global South

The best way technology can witness an exponential growth for citizens of the Global South is by promoting local technological entrepreneurship. At least that is the submission of Leka Tingitana,…

EGLE drone drowned by eagle dredged

You know that drone which we reported to have lost turf war with a bald eagle and got drowned in lake Michigan? It was dredged up on Tuesday, muddy and…

Police drones cannot come soon enough

It was the sound of gunfire, dynamite and screams that woke residents of Esther Park this morning. The middle density suburb about a kilometre or so to the South of…

Celebrating the persevering will of Elong

Today, we celebrate the achievements of William Ndja Elong, a young Cameroonian whose dream of producing drones made in Africa has seen remarkable success. Elong is 27 now; but he…

What makes a good drone law?

Below we reproduce an article from Drone Industry Insights, a reputable business intelligence company offering insights into the commercial drone industry. The article was written by Millie Radovic, a Market…

Global pandemic inspires era of delivery drones

WASHINGTON – Cough medicine, snacks, baking ingredients: Kelly Passek has shopping delivered weekly to her yard in Christiansburg, Virginia – by a drone. The flying vehicle comes with little fuss,…

Drones in construction

Construction industry professionals have long envisioned technological disruption to address common challenges of time and cost overruns to construction productivity and material wastage. Gone are the days when tasks at…

Hands on with Inspire Africa’s Drone Coding tools

The Inspire Africa group is making a positive impact among school kids, mostly in Southern Africa today, through their STEAM education curriculum that allows the students to use drone technology…

Charging your drone battery – in five minutes

They did it with cell phones and electronic vehicles. Now Israeli fast charging battery technology pioneer StoreDot has made a drone battery that will charge in five minutes. On Wednesday,…

Fighting the drone-lash

Is banning drones on grounds of country of origin wise, or does it lead to false sense of security? The war for data control is chiefly because data is the…

The case for drone technology in mining

Fifty-one miners died in South Africa last year. In statistical terms, the figure has fallen to record lows, as safety standards have improved of late. But still, losing 51 breadwinners…

Armyworm war goes aerial in Zambia

A Zambian agriculture technology company has taken it upon itself to help eradicate the armyworm plague in the country. Operating out of the capital city of Lusaka, Sunagri Investments has…

Tree-planting drones for Madagascar’s lost forests

Madagascar used to be green. Really green. But no more. In the 2,000 short years that man landed on the East African island nation in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar has…

Drone Council SA to hit ground running

Commercial drones have become a big – a very big – business in the world, and South Africa wants a slice of the pie. In 2019, reputable research organisation, Research…

AcquahMeyer: From spraying crops to spraying market places

WASHINGTON – Towards the end of 2017 in Accra, Ghanaian pilot Eric Acquah founded AcquahMeyer Drone Tech, a crop spraying subsidiary of Acquahmeyer Aviation, which specialised on using drones to…

Cote d’Ivoire: Incorporating drones into the UTZ Certification Process

In the Ivory Coast, the UTZ Certified programme has called upon drone technology to help in expediting the certification for farmers who wish to comply with sustainable forming protocols that…

Saving the forests with Eden and DroneDeploy

CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles-based tree planting organisation, Eden Reforestation Projects, last week celebrated their fifteenth anniversary by announcing that they had planted over 333 million trees in the eight countries…

Inspecting the power grid in hotter temperatures

It is always summer time somewhere in the world; and while the summer season is always welcome for all the joys and opportunities it presents, energy companies the world over…

DJI keeps tabs with #DronesForGood

With one Ghislaine in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, it would be fair to assume that the world has forgotten about Ghislane Ihimbazwe, the little girl from Rwanda…

The drone age and Urban Air Mobility

Drones, personal flying vehicles and air taxis may be part of our everyday life in the very near future. Drones and air taxis will create new means of mobility and transport…

Government role in adopting drone technology into health delivery

The headlines are everywhere—there is a game changer in the fight against COVID-19. Drones are on their way to deliver samples and airdrop personal protective equipment (PPE), and are even…

Time for authorities to rethink drone policy

It has taken an event of almost biblical proportions to demonstrate just how much we truly rely on the care and services medical practitioners give us. But the pandemic has also…

Behold… the Drone Age cometh

We know drones are cool. But it seems, with the way drones have been employed in response to the devastation of COVID-19 – delivering emergency supplies, urging people to stay…

India slowly warming up to the goodness of drones

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, drones have proved to be quite utilitarian. Not only have they helped with surveillance and crowd control, but also have been used to…